Deadline is Dec. 23 for Massachusetts residents to enroll for health insurance

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BOSTON — Massachusetts residents seeking health insurance beginning Jan. 1 have a little more time to sign up through the state's health connector.

State officials on Monday sought to clear up confusion about the enrollment deadline, which is Monday for people in many other states but not until Dec. 23 in Massachusetts.

The reason is that unlike states where residents use the federal website, Healtcare.gov, to enroll in plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts operates a state-based insurance and has a later deadline.

The connector says more than 180,000 people have determined eligibility for ACA-compliant plans since the state launched its revamped website on Nov. 15. As of last Thursday, however, only a small percentage of those who determined eligibility have made their first payment toward coverage on Jan. 1.

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